Snapshots of Boracay: A Photo Series

By now I’m sure you’ve caught on to the fact that these ‘Snapshots of…’ posts are simply a way for me to share the abundance of photos I inevitably end up taking while traveling that don’t quite fit into any of my other articles. I usually only create these for our city trips since, for whatever reason, those are the ones where I take the most photos, but all of the downtime we had in Boracay meant I came home with a heck of a lot more photos than I usually do on a non-city trip. (Because for me, apparently, downtime just means more time to take photos.) And so, Snapshots of Boracay is happening.

I take close to 100 photos per day when we travel. Which is insane, obviously. No one needs to take that many photos. But I’m one of those people who can’t just experience. I have to experience + document. It’s how I’m wired. I recently read an article that claimed our excessive photographing of events and daily life is impairing our ability to actually remember these things properly. Well, that’s pretty scary, right? I don’t know about you, but part of the reason I take so many photos is so I can remember things properly. This new bit of information bothered me for quite some time until I realized it’s complete and utter crap. Ten years ago in 2008, I took 217 photos the entire year. That’s it. And how much of 2008 can I actually remember? Shockingly little. If I’m destined to forget everything regardless of whether I’m taking photos or not, I’d rather have my photos than nothing at all.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Besides being a way for me to share a few extra favorites from our travels, these snapshots posts are also where I feel the most comfortable playing around with new editing techniques. Editing is my weakest area in photography. I can compose a photo fairly well and shoot in manual, but when it comes to using Lightroom and Photoshop, it’s like the equivalent of sitting my nearly 90-year-old grandmother in front of the computer and asking her to research the theory of quantum entanglement and then make a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation. I just can’t figure it out.

Since the outcome is rarely ever what I actually intended, the only time I venture outside the basic panel in Lightroom is when I’m editing photos for posts, like this one, that I don’t think many people will see. (Ha!) For these, I did a fair amount of desaturating and played around with using the tone curve to create darker tones, which is probably the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do with sunny beach photos, but whatever.

Despite unknowingly arriving in Boracay during the height of algae season, I still managed to come home with a memory card full of photos I’ll treasure forever. Boracay is spectacularly beautiful. And a great place to visit if you’re looking to chill out and do absolutely nothing for a few days. Finding a new beach to relax on every day was about the full extent of our physical activity in Boracay, and it was pure bliss. Most of the images below are just personal snapshots from our trip. If you’re looking for photos showing off Boracay’s best beaches + travel tips to plan your own trip, just follow the link below!

Related Post: Boracay Basics: Everything You Need To Know For Your First Trip

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

I promise, even this one is desaturated. Sunsets in Boracay are crazy colorful.

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Oh, you know. Just a little light beach reading…

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Just when I thought Boracay couldn’t get any better, we discovered a pen full of puppies.

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Everyone should be so lucky to have a travel partner this awesome.

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

We will call this one ‘Layers of the Sea: An underwater abstract’ and pretend I meant for it to turn out like this.

Snapshots Of Boracay: A Photo Series

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  • Lisa
    May 11, 2018 at 2:56 AM

    These photos are so beautiful! I love how you guys travel together, it really makes me want to be your random Aussie tag-a-long because between the beach chills and that love heart in the sand…seriously cute! Oh and the sunset doesn’t look bad either I guess ;)

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 13, 2018 at 3:40 AM

      Haha, you’re welcome to join our trio anytime! :)

  • Julie
    May 3, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    I laughed at the little light reading comment-I’m totally “that” person who has an uber sad/disturbing historical nonfiction read while traveling.

    These photos are beyond breathtaking. I admit I’ve been intrigued by Filipino beaches ever since I saw the Bourne Legacy film (the one that wasn’t starring Matt Damon). They were on a Filipino beach at the end and I was hooked.

    And your final photo-the stuff of pure dreams!

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 3, 2018 at 8:16 PM

      I haven’t seen any of the Bourne films past the first one, but I think we have them on our TV on demand, so I’ll totally be checking out the Bourne Legacy this weekend. I wonder which beaches they used to film? Probably the ones that are harder to get to. The easiest ones to reach, like Boracay, don’t have quite the same deserted island sort of vibe – ha!

  • Dannielle
    April 17, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    I rarely edit my photos very much, sometimes just a bit of brightening because i don’t have the money for a better camera. I should start playing around with it more though as I’ve got a year subscription to photoshop and lightroom!

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 17, 2018 at 7:47 PM

      Definitely don’t let that go to waste! I find LR easier to use than PS, but there are people who think the opposite, so you’ll have to see which one works best for you.

      BTW – If all you’re doing is increasing exposure when editing, you can actually do that in camera. I like my photos bright, too, so I generally have my camera’s exposure compensation set to 2/3 of a stop “overexposed”. Very easy to change when you need it back to normal, but keeps most photos bright without blowing out highlights.

  • Jessi (Two Feet, One World)
    April 3, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Any excuse to see more of your beautiful photographs. I actually love the watery one! And that’s a lovely shot of Lexie reading. You’ve definitely inspired me to visit one day :)

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 4, 2018 at 2:26 AM

      Thanks so much, Jessi! I really liked how that one turned out, too, even though it wasn’t what I intended – ha!

  • Angelique
    April 1, 2018 at 4:14 AM

    Beautiful snapshots Sarah! Wat an incredible destination. Your shots make me want to travel there.

  • Dee
    March 31, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Beautiful photos! I don’t think I’ve been to some of those corners in Boracay.

    I should probably do this kind of post too because I have so many photos that don’t see the light of day!

    Laughed at the comment about light beach reading.

    • Sarah Shumate
      April 1, 2018 at 12:14 AM

      We tried to explore as much of Boracay as we could while we were there! My favorite places ended up being nowhere near White Beach, so I’m really glad we did.

      Photo diaries are a great way to share those can’t-fit-anywhere-else photos. Definitely give it a go! :)